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Date of Incident: November 19, 2012

Attack Types: Imprisonment

Institution(s):Bindura University

Region & Country:Eastern Africa | Zimbabwe

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On November 19, 2012 Obediah Dodo, a professor of Peace and Governance Studies at Bindura University, and Collen Musorowegomo, a Master’s student in the same department, were arrested on charges of publishing false statements prejudicial to the state.
The charges related to a report Dodo and Musorowegomo co-authored and published in the American International Journal of Contemporary Research in June 2012. The report was titled “Political Intolerance, Diversity and Democracy: Youths Violence in Bindura Urban,” and focused on the violence surrounding the controversial 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe. It claimed that police were under instruction not to arrest perpetrators who were members of the ruling political party.
Dodo is a former officer of Zimbabwe’s central intelligence agency and Musorowegomo works as an Assistant Inspector with the Zimbabwe Republic Police. Both were released on bail on December 20. 
Scholars at Risk is concerned about the imprisonment of scholars in retaliation for their academic work. State and university officials have a responsibility to protect academic freedom and not to intimidate, harass or arrest scholars engaged in academic research, writing and publication. Arrest and imprisonment of scholars for their academic work undermines the higher education sector and democratic society generally.